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Children’s Literature Goes Wild at the Hyde Collection

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Children’s Literature at the Hyde Collection

Learn How to Write a Children’s Book at the Hyde

Maurice Sendak's Where the Wild Things AreWhen you think of children’s authors, you probably think of Edward Lear, Shel Silverstein, Maurice Sendak, Richard Scarry and, of course, Dr. Seuss. Nothing opens up the imagination in a child’s mind like a good book and classics like Complete Nonsense, Alice in Wonderland, and Green Eggs and Ham have enchanted children for ages, with their intriguing storylines and highly detailed artwork.

In conjunction with their latest exhibit, Draw Me a Story: A Century of Children’s Book Illustration, The Hyde Collection will feature a variety of free afternoon activities for all ages on Sunday, December 4, 2011 geared towards children’s literature. Draw Me a Story examines daring adventures, classic fairy tales, an amazing animals, as conceived by artists such as Randolph Caldecott, Jules Feiffer, Kate Greenaway, Sarah Noble Ives, Maurice Sendak, William Steig, and Chris Van Allsburg.

If you’re a fan of children’s literature and have always wanted to write a children’s book, SUNY Adirondack Associate Professors of English Nancy White and Peter Marino will present a seminar entitled Life Lessons and Other Nonsense: A discussion of the history and craft of children’s literature for writers and readers of all ages, taking place in the Helen Froehlich Auditorium from 1pm-2pm. Ms. White is Chair of SUNY Adirondack’s English Division and a specialist in children’s literature; Mr. Marino is author of several plays and two young adult novels, Dough Boy and Magic and Misery and received the SUNY Chancellor’s Award in 2006 for Excellence in Scholarship and Creative Activity.

While adults are learning the ins and out of how to write children’s books, kids (from 1pm-2pm) can enjoy a reading of Maurice Sendak’s classic Where the Wild Things Are in the Art Studio, followed by a movie in the Helen Froehlich Auditorium beginning at 2:15pm.

Also on display is Hyde and Seek: Illustrated Children’s Books from the Permanent Collection in the Charles R. Wood Gallery, a first-time viewing of children’s books from the museum’s collection, many of which belonged to the Hyde family children at the turn of the century. Also new to the Hyde is The Inside Story, a reading space for children and adults that offers a selection of books from the exhibit and other titles.

All events are free and open to the public. For more information, contact June Leary at 518-792-1761 x 27 or Alice Grether at 518-792-1761 ext 28.

Dave Bower is Co-Publisher of The Free George.

The Free George is the online magazine and visitors’ guide of Upstate NY, covering things from Albany to Lake Placid, including Saratoga, the Lake George region and the Adirondacks. Check out our City Blogs section for our extended coverage areas as well.

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